I rate this anime: ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️/5
Your Lie In April written by Naoshi Arakawa is an anime (and manga) about music. The main character, Kosei Arima, is a piano prodigy who appears to have some trauma.
When he was just a kid, Kosei’s mother forced him to be the “best of the best.” Everyday, he was coached and he practiced very hard, but when his mother died of an illness, he was devastated. Kosei still pushed himself, but when he almost got into a big time competition, he froze up at the piano, claiming he could not hear his playing and never played professionally again.
Kosei lives his life with his two friends: Ryōta Watari and Tsubaki Sawabe. Ryōta is the captain of the soccer team and is popular with girls. He can be kind of dopey, but is genuinely a nice guy who gives some good advice now and then. Tsubaki is his other childhood friend. She’s thought of him like a little brother, and is always encouraging him and making sure he’s okay. An example of this is found in Episode One, whene Tsubaki breaks a window by accident and Kosei goes to clean up the glass. When he tries to pick it up, Tsubaki stops him and says, “You need to be careful! What if you hurt your fingers?” Kosei responds, “Who cares?” Tsubaki is also a player on the school baseball team and is somewhat energetic.
Another character is Kaori Miyazono, who is Tsubaki’s classmate. Kaori likes Watari so Tsubaki scheduled a time for Watari, Kosei, Kaori, and herself to meet so they could spend time together. Kosei comes as a supporting role (known as “Friend A”), but he stumbles across Kaori before the others appeared. Kosei sees her playing instruments with little kids and decides to take a picture. A strong gust of wind blows and startles Kaori, and she notices Kosei. She gets mad at him, and starts attacking him. But, soon enough Watari and Tsubaki arrive. Kaori soon switches her personality to make a good first impression as she introduces herself. Their meet-and-greet is stopped short, however, because Kaori was performing in a violin competition.
Kosei realizes the performance was at a music hall he once played at and refused to go, but Kaori persuades him to come and they race to the music hall. Everyone in the audience seemed to find the competition boring because everyone was playing the same piece along with a piano accompanist. Kaori’s performance seemed to be just like everyone else’s until she began to play wild. The audience was in awe at her performance, but the judges were gritting their teeth in disapproval (her accompanist couldn’t keep up with her, so the judges were annoyed).
When Kaori’s turn ended, the audience cheered and cheered for her. Later, Kosei refers to Kaori as freedom itself. Kosei begins to like Kaori and Watari notices this too. Kosei took chances and was pushed to take leaps of faith he couldn’t have done without Kaori.
I’ve heard so much about this anime and have seen it appear so many times that frankly I was kind of annoyed. That changed when Platypus picked the manga up at the bookstore and I decided to read it. I later watched the anime and decided it wasn’t half bad.
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